Bralorne Sewer Upgrade

Contact Information

Jeff Giffin
Director of Engineering Services
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
T: (604) 894-6371 ext. 240
TF: 1-800-298-7752 ext. 240
E: jgiffin@slrd.bc.ca

Feb 12, 2016
Electoral Area A

A grant in the amount of $1,999,530.000 from the Federal Gas Tax Agreement - Strategic Priorities Fund (GTA - SPF) program administered by the Union of BC Municipalities, announced on Friday February 12, 2016, will see Bralorne’s century-old sewer finally brought into the 21st century.

The Bralorne Wastewater Collection System Upgrade and Secondary Treatment project will provide sewer servicing to all of Bralorne’s 101 properties. Existing manholes and septic tanks will be decommissioned. A new septic tank and innovative secondary treatment system with a new outfall into Cadwallader Creek will be installed. It will operate by gravity, require only annual operator maintenance and see effluent quality exceed secondary treatment standards.

The original sewer system serving the community of Bralorne, located in Electoral Area A of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), was constructed more than ninety years ago by the mining company operating in the area. The SLRD assumed ownership of the sewer infrastructure in 1989 after a developer overestimated the market for recreational and vacation properties and was unable to finance planned sewerage system improvements. 

Project Updates:

October 3, 2018

The SLRD received approval from the Inspector of Municipalities on September 5, 2018 to undertake the AAP noted below.

More information on the Alternative Approval Process including the Notice of AAP and information on submitting an electoral response can be found on the Bralorne Sewer AAP page

September 11, 2018

  • At its meeting on July 25, 2018 the SLRD Board gave third reading to Bralorne Wastewater Treatment System Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1595-2018. The bylaw has now been forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval, pursuant to the Community Charter and the Local Government Act. Should approval be granted, the SLRD will then undertake an Alternative Approval Process to garner the elector support to take out a 30-year loan up to $700,000 to enable the completion of the Bralorne Sewer Upgrade project.  
  • Learn more about the Alternative Approval Process for Local Government.

August 8, 2018

  • Hazelwood Construction Services has been awarded the contract for Phase 1 of the sewer reconstruction project in the town of Bralorne and plans to begin construction August 20, 2018, with a September 2019 completion date.  

June 22, 2018 

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the tendering process was delayed to the spring of 2018. The Request for Tenders was issued on April 6, 2018 and closed on May 8, 2018.
  • Four tenders were received, all of which were substantially higher than the initial cost estimate obtained in 2015 when the SLRD submitted its grant application for federal Gas Tax funding.
  • Given the funding shortfall, the SLRD has been exploring options that would enable this vital community infrastructure project to proceed.
  • The SLRD is holding a Community Information Meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018 (6:00 p.m.) at the Bralorne Fire Hall to provide residents and property owners with a project update, and to discuss the options for moving forward. 

June 23, 2017

  • This project is almost ready to go to Tender (accepting bids on the construction work).  For an update on the project, as well as the expected timeline, please check out this summary report!

December 23, 2016 

  • An information session was held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the basement of the Bralorne Community Church to update residents on the project.
  • A Summary of the presentation (treatment process, tie-ins, costs, anticipated service delays, and requirements of homeowners) can be downloaded here.

December 1, 2016 

  • The detailed design of the new sewerage collection and treatment system is 90% complete.
  • Property owners have been mailed an update and a service card this week, delineating the proposed location of the new service for their property.
  • Please contact Stuart Purves, spurves@true.bc.ca, with questions, or if you have not received a letter before December 16. 

July 27, 2016 

  • The SLRD Board awarded the contract to design and create the tendering documents for the project to TRUE Consulting Ltd. 

Background about the old sanitary system

The original sewer system serving the community of Bralorne, located in Electoral Area A of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), was constructed more than ninety years ago by the mining company operating in the area at that time. A development company later took over the ownership of the system after purchasing the mine site from the mining company. The SLRD assumed ownership of the sewer infrastructure in 1989 after the developer overestimated the market for recreational and vacation properties and was unable to finance planned sewerage system improvements.

The sewer system, servicing 101 lots in two adjacent town sites, is two separate gravity systems comprised of vitrified clay tile pipes that flow into two septic tanks. From there, the effluent flows through outfall pipes which discharge into Cadwalladar Creek.

The sewer infrastructure was constructed well before the time of generally accepted standards and much of the system is tresspassing on private property, making it difficult for the SLRD to perform repairs and maintenance on the system. The collection system is well beyond its expected lifespan and is need of upgrading.

The SLRD had been working to secure grant funding to upgrade the sewer infrastructure. 

On September 11, 2014, the SLRD learned that the outfall pipe from the septic tank servicing Townsite #1 had ruptured. Following an onsite inspection SLRD staff determined that the pipe was beyond repair. The Ministry of Environment (MOE) was contacted and permission was granted to install a new outfall pipe. The new line was in service on October 1, 2014. 

The MOE advised the SLRD of their plans to update the SLRD's operating permit to bring the system into compliance with the current Wastewater System Effluent Regulations. The new regulations require all sewer systems to provide, at minimum, secondary treatment. This means that it will be necessary to install a process to substantially degrade the organic content of the sewage prior to dispersion into Cadwalladar Creek. 

Now, thanks to the grant funding, instead of an expensive system retrofit, the Bralorne Wastewater Treatment System will be replaced with a state of the art service, befitting the striking natural environment and high quality drinking water infrastructure the community currently enjoys. 

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